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Weekend Getaway Satchel

Sep 6, 2011
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Weekend Getaway Satchel - Marta McCall

Bright, bold, colors make Marta McCall's felted satchel a lively twenty-first-century version of the nineteenth-century carpetbag. To add more detail to the color intarsia patterns, Marta embellishes her motifs with simple embroidery stitches after completing the knitting. A trip through the washing machine softens the boundaries between the knitting and embroidery, and imparts a uniform look. Special touches like silver buckles and tiny handbag feet add satchel authenticity. Knit one up, pack a few essentials, and take off for a weekend—but don’t expect to travel incognito.

Finished Size After felting, 18" (45.5 cm) wide at top (with satchel closed), 24" (61 cm) wide at base, 8" (20.5 cm) deep from front to
back at base, and 16" (40.5 cm) tall, not including handles.
Yarn Reynolds Lite-Lopi (l00% wool; 109 yd [100 m]/50 g): #0005 black heather (MC), 15 skeins; #0434 crimson, 5 skeins; #0439 cherry red, #0414 burnt red, #0444 dark grass green, #0240 golden green, #0435 goldenrod, #0443 bright blue, #0438 light fuchsia, #0436 pumpkin, #0442 royal blue, #0264 mustard, #0441 leaf (light green), and #0440 bright purple, 1 skein each. All colors are used double throughout for knitting and embroidery.
Needles Size 15 (10 mm): 24" (60-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle; milliner’s needle (available at quilting and craft stores); sewing thread to match #0434 crimson yarn; 1 skein dark gray embroidery floss to match #0005 black heather yarn; long quilting pins; disposable razor; 18" (45.5 cm) straight hex-open frame for top opening (available online from Ghee’s at www.ghees.com); set
of 4 silver handbag feet (also available from Ghees); two 1" (2.5-cm) nickel halter buckles for straps (style #132, available from Oregon Leather Company); 1⁄8" (3-mm) masonite board cut to 7 ´ 24" (18 ´ 61 cm) for base of satchel; optional fabric to cover masonite board.
Gauge 12 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st with yarn doubled, before felting.


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